Raleigh family hope new children’s community center will reduce crime
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A Raleigh family is trying to fight crime by opening a new community center in the community.
The center near Yale and Ramill Road is designed to keep kids out of trouble by providing fun and positive activities. Rachel Nolen runs the establishment.
“[Children] want this, âshe said. âThey need this, but it takes a village. “
The center will offer karaoke nights, arts, crafts and vocational training classes focused on business and entrepreneurship, which Nolen’s teenage daughters Moni and Tsumarri are familiar with. They run the âHermosa Sistersâ candle store next door in addition to tackling their schoolwork.
âIt’s always good to learn something new,â said Moni.
She and her sister plan to teach the children at the center. Moni will offer classes in candle making and Tsumarri will teach cooking.
âKids really need this stuff, especially mentors,â Moni said.
It seems they need it more than ever. The past few days have been particularly violent in Memphis, with several teenagers arrested for serious crimes including a fatal shooting at a Ridgeway shopping center. Police said two teenagers shot and killed another teenager as he was taking out the trash from his fast food job.
âI heard a mother cry when her child didn’t come home,â Nolen said. “It’s a scream you don’t want to hear.”
She hopes that the new youth center will make these cries less frequent. The grand opening at 3511 chemin Ramill is Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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